A Georgia man has been ticketed for failing to drive in a single lane that caused the death of an Ocala woman driving to work on Interstate 75 earlier this year.
Twila Leshawn Robinson, 44, died June 21 in a two-vehicle wreck when she was partially ejected from the sunroof of the 2005 Toyota Corolla she was driving.
Robinson was an employee at UF Health Shands in Gainesville. She was not wearing her seat belt, troopers said.
Grady Lee Nelson, now 48, was driving a 2011 BMW 335d northbound in the center lane and his vehicle made contact with the Toyota that was in the outside lane near Mile Marker 364. Upon impact, the Toyota veered right as Robinson lost control of the vehicle. The car then went off the roadway and into the grass where it struck two trees while overturning, FHP officials said.
Nelson, who was not injured, stopped his vehicle further down the road. He backed up to the crash site, where he was found, troopers said.
Troopers interviewed Nelson, who told them he was in the middle lane and heard a noise. He said he did not know where the Toyota came from, only that they collided. He said he doesn’t remember if there were any vehicles near him at the time of the crash. He said his dog, which was in the car with him as they were traveling from Lake Wales to Georgia, jumped on him, which caused him to press the gas.
FHP officials said the physical evidence of the damaged vehicles, and the dynamics of the crash, show the front edge of the Toyota's left, rear wheel well was crushed forward and is consistent with a direction of force from rear to front.
Neither driver had any signs of impairment, troopers said.
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